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Tristes tropicaliques 

At the corner of 14th & U St, perhaps the true heart of this “town,” stairs descend to a subterranean room that somehow hosts both incredible international musicians and sweaty singles’ ambitions. Keeping this dream alive is owner Aman Ayoubi, who arrived from Afghanistan in 1979 with $20—but this summer the virus took his father, and thieves took most of the club’s equipment. He says, despite the lack of support for venues: “I am not giving up.”


DC Council is pushing back against Mayor Bowser’s $43 million funding request to cover MPD’s overtime from their very busy summer season of tear gassing protesters. Among the criticisms from CM Nadeau and others: the additional costs would be redirected away from an (already underfunded) healthcare program directly targeted to undocumented residents


What mayors can do

If you’re interested in cities and how they work (or don’t), this interview is definitely worth a read on the broken “economic development” paradigm of attracting residents, rather than sustaining them, as a way for cities—redlined, distressed and robbed of resources state and federal policies—to pay for the services that those residents need. Professor Schragger argues for “nothing fancy: public safety, healthcare, housing, education, transportation.”


The real American Dream was the pointless museum we built along the way

Who says billionaires don’t give us anything? The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream (?), coming to DC in 2023, is the latest venture of “junk bond king” and notorious 80s felon, Michael Milken. The museum’s purpose is still unclear, but as a vanity project, it fits in nicely with the rest of Milken’s aggressive decades-long PR campaign to help the public forget his Wall Street villainy. 


Will Montgomery County pulls cops from schools?

This effort at cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline all hinges on a school board election, illustrating some of the opportunities and difficulties in pursuing the goals of this summer’s uprising through electoralism.

Also || New (okay, from January, but new to us) DC electro-pop from Too Free, how to make us a model biking region, survey for Arlington commuters (esp. bikers!)

Emergency & You

Prepare yourself: it’s peak leaf season!

This is one of our favorite things to link to every year: Casey Trees’ absurdly comprehensive map of fall foliage, so you can hunt out some autumnal palettes in your neighborhood. Tip: weekends in the parks will be packed with “leaf peepers,” so best to go during the week. 


Getting ready to ShutDownDC


WAMU’s Jenny Gathright interviews filmmaker Merawi Gerima about his critically-acclaimed new film, set in a homecoming to a Northeast neighborhood made over by gentrification and displacement. (7 pm)


Take it slow

With a puzzle. Girls Night In and Join the Lounge recently launched their new lifestyle brand to help people “pass time in a leisurely manner.” Their first product release features a selection of artful puzzles created by illustrators, painters, and artists. (Unwind)

Also || talk: tales from the netherworlds, the Hirshhorn’s media art course, new beer hall Prost not Proust

Write the headlines instead of reading them

Find out how a Master’s in Journalism from Georgetown can prepare you to report on today’s breaking news. (Bonus: No GRE required.)



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